TROJAN PARK GRAND OPENING

Trojan Park

Free Food and Fun to Celebrate Great Rivers Greenway Project in Wellston – Trojan Park Grand Opening

WELLSTON, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a larger community to turn a neglected, vacant field into a new city park.  After years of planning and months of construction, the new Trojan Park at Etzel Ave. and N. Skinker in Wellston is set to officially open with a festival full of free food and fun.

The grand opening of Trojan Park (6150 Etzel Avenue) will be Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  It’s free and open to the public.  There will be performances of music and dance, as well as a celebrity basketball game—and free food from local food trucks!

The one-acre Trojan Park borders St. Louis’ West End neighborhood.  The name was chosen to honor Wellston’s now-closed Eskridge High School.  Great Rivers Greenway may have spearheaded the project, but the citizens of Wellston had a hand in designing the park as a community gathering place.

There’s a lot to do in the new park.  There are some park features one might expect: three playgrounds, full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, and family pavilion.  But there’s also a splash plaza, butterfly gardens, along with fitness and creative play equipment for all ages.  The idea was to create a park that everyone could truly use and enjoy.

The new park is the result of a partnership between Great Rivers Greenway, the National Recreation and Park Association, Beyond Housing, St. Louis County, and the City of Wellston. Great Rivers Greenway, which served as project manager, secured the land and the design, and contributed to site preparation.  A $315,000 grant from the Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County also went to site preparation and construction costs.  The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) lined up donations from playground equipment and park amenity manufacturers from across the country.  They outfitted the park with donated playground and fitness equipment, bike racks, lighting, drinking fountains and more.

Both the City of Wellston and the St. Louis County Parks Department will have a hand in maintaining the park.

The new Trojan Park is part of the St. Vincent Greenway. When it’s complete, the Greenway will extend 7 miles from the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus all the way to Forest Park.  Get more information about the Trojan Park grand opening, the project and the St. Vincent Greenway at Great Rivers Greenway’s website: http://greatriversgreenway.org/TrojanPark/

Contact information:

Great Rivers Greenway
6174 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 436-7009

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She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.

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